Case of ex-Komi Head referred to Prosecutor General's Office for indictment confirmation

Case of ex-Komi Head referred to Prosecutor General's Office for indictment confirmation
Vyacheslav Gaizer

Gaizer's defense claims the investigation has been conducted with gross violations and intends to call for further investigation.

The ICR has referred the case file of former Head of the Komi republic Vyacheslav Gaizer to the Prosecutor General's Office, RIA Novosti reports citing the ex-official's lawyer Vyacheslav Leontyev.

The agency notes that after the indictment is confirmed, the case may be referred to court for consideration on the merits. 

Vyacheslav Gaizer is charged with swindling and creation of an organized crime community. There is a total of 16 defendants in the criminal case against the former Komi head. Former Head of the republic Vyacheslav Gaizer, his former deputy Aleksey Chernov, and a number of other officials and businessmen are currently under arrest.

The defense of Vyacheslav Gaizer has already filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General's Office with a request not to approve the indictment and return the materials to the Investigative Committee for the elimination of serious violations with which, according to lawyers, the investigation had been conducted.

According to Leontyev, Gaizer was unreasonably denied the inclusion of a number of evidence in the case, as well as the conduct of face-to-face confrontations. He also noted that the prosecutor's office has 10 days after receiving the materials. 

The Investigative Committee of Russia announced the completion of investigation of the criminal case against Gaizer and 15 of his alleged accomplices on January 27, 2017.

According to the investigation, Gaizer's OCG would commit crimes with the aim of obtaining highly profitable enterprises of the Komi Republic or establishing control over them for illicit enrichment. As a result of the criminal actions, the Republic of Komi has suffered damages in the amount of 3.5 billion rubles ($59.3 million). October 18, the former Komi governor completed familiarization with the case materials, which totals 460 volumes, and asked the court to consider it.

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